South West Four announce headliner… The Chemical Brothers!


South West Four announce headliner… The Chemical Brothers!

SOUTH. WEST. FOUR. Three simple words synonymous with the August Bank Holiday Weekend in the greatest city in the world! After twelve illustrious years, South West Four has become a pilgrimage for electronic music enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond, with two days of explosive DJ sets and live electronic acts officially marking the end of the summer in the Capital.

Featuring a wealth of festival exclusives, rare pairings performing for the first time in the UK, all in conjunction with globally respected arena hosts, this eclectic ethos is crowned by THE BIGGEST HEADLINERS IN SW4 HISTORY. Supported by jaw dropping production and bespoke light and laser configurations, 2016 is set to be our most ambitious instalment yet again, as SW4 continues its development into one of Europe’s most respected dance music events.

Returning to the picturesque surroundings of Clapham Common on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August, revellers are sure to re-create the trademark atmosphere and beaming faces that have come to symbolise the UK’s premier inner city festival. Sunglasses ready, prepare to dance, get ready for the biggest weekend of the year. This is South West Four 2016…


“We're both delighted to be playing at SW4 in London in the summertime. It has been a long time, too long. See you there!” The Chemical Brothers 

In what can only be described as the biggest and most exciting booking to ever take place in our thirteen year history, we’re delighted to bring to South West Four the most exhilarating, mind-bending and show stealing electronic acts to ever walk the planet. Making their first outdoor performance in their home city in over half a decade, Bank Holiday Sunday 28th August will see The Chemical Brothers make their long awaited Clapham Common debut in what will be the biggest headline performance taking place in the Capital this summer.

Globally recognised as pioneers and innovators, the duo have played an intrinsic role in helping to shape the electronic music scene into what it is today. Thanks to an incredible back catalogue which has resulted in six #1 albums and some of the most defining records over the past three decades, The Chemical Brothers have become a household name with a fan base stretching over multiple generations. From ‘Block Rocking Beats’ (1997) to ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’ (1999), ‘Galvanize’ (2005) to ‘Go’ featuring Q Tip (2015), it’s clear that the Grammy and Brit Award winning brothers have established themselves amongst the world’s most elite producers.

The Chemical Brothers join us at the most exciting and pivotal stage of their career. 2015 saw them steal the show at Glastonbury, sparking worldwide demand for their breath-taking live show. Now ready to showcase it to the capital once again, South West Four has been confirmed as their exclusive London summer performance. Their iconic set up will sit centre stage, the robots will rise and the electrifying lighting and laser configurations will stun the city to create an experience London has never seen before. Get ready, The Chemical Brothers are coming…


(In alphabetical order…)


Berlin-based duo Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier aka Booka Shade have carved an esteemed reputation as one of the most celebrated electronic live acts of the past decade. They return to South West Four after a year away from the festival following their unforgettable display in 2014. This year marks the 10th anniversary since the release of their definitive album ‘Movements’ featuring classic tracks ‘Body Language’, ‘In White Rooms’, ‘Night Falls’ and ‘Mandarine Girl’. The guys will celebrate this by re-releasing the album with new interpretations of these productions as well as launch their brand new show ‘Movements X [Live]’ which they bring to SW4 on Sunday 28th August. After countless EP’s and seven albums, the Get Physical co-founders remain hugely influential and one of dance music’s most exciting live performers.

After gaining huge success through launching a series of parties in their home city of Milan, Emmanuele Nocosia and Matrino Bartola’s, also known as Hunter/Game have evolved into one of the underground’s most thrilling acts of today. Famed for their stylistic yet sophisticated approach to the studio, the pair have gained international recognition through stellar releases on Last Night On Earth, Innervisions, Rumours, Hot Creations and their own Just This imprint, backing up their production prowess even further. In March the duo will see their debut album ‘Adaption’ released on Kompakt. Having kept a careful eye on their progress over recent years, we’re ready to showcase their outstanding talents and new music at South West Four. They make their well-earned debut on Sunday 28th August with their first ever live performance in the Capital.

Now recognised as one of the most principal profiles in techno, Music On boss Joseph Capriati has established a reputation as a universally popular and in-demand electronic talent. As a firm favourite at events such as Awakenings, Time Warp and BPM as well as clubs including Amnesia, DC-19, fabric and Warung, the Italian titan has seen a dramatic rise to the top of a scene he now helps to shape. Joining us for the second time following a standout debut performance in 2015, his dark driving beats will be welcomed back with open arms as we present one of the underground’s favourite stars at South West Four.

Recently voted #2 in Resident Advisor’s Top 20 Live Poll of 2015, Lorenz Brunner aka Recondite [Live] has confirmed his debut performance at SW4 on Sunday 28th August. As true fans of his exquisite sounds, we’re pleased to welcome him for the very first time and he represents one of our most anticipated live performances of the entire weekend. After emerging onto the scene back in 2011 with his ‘Plangent’ EP followed by releases on Hotflush and Life and Death, he was quickly invited to join the ENTER family by founder Richie Hawtin where he started to gain worldwide attention. 2015 saw his Ibizan profile grow even further with multiple dates for both ENTER at Space and Life & Death at DC-10. Boasting a unique, ambient blend of melodic techno and deep electronic sounds, his striking live show is a spellbinding artistic performance that needs to be seen to be believed.

2016 will see us welcome home another SW4 icon as we bring Last Night On Earth boss Sasha back to our hallowed turf. After headlining the first edition in 2004 and then again in 2009, hosting a his own arena in 2014 and performing on the main stage last year, he’s a firm fixture in our hall of fame. His recent Last Night On Earth takeover of Electric Brixton on NYE saw him step into 2016 in front of a sell-out crowd, leading perfectly to his return on August’s Bank Holiday Sunday. Fresh from a label takeover at Mexico’s BPM festival, plus upcoming dates in Miami and Coachella, it’s clear to see that he’s still at the top of his game. The tail end of 2015 saw him take a three month studio break, allowing his production genius to shift into overdrive and create an avalanche of brand new music for 2016 which promises to be showcased this summer.

The term ‘legend’ is often used without any real thought but in the case of techno titan Sven Väth, he is nothing less. The Cocoon boss returns to SW4 in 2016 having headlined the Dream, Don’t Sleep arena to devastating effect in 2015, giving us no choice but to invite the wax-wielding wizard back to Clapham Common twelve months later. Responsible for the rise of one of the of the most influential underground imprints of all time, the Cocoon boss has seen the label remain at the forefront of global clubbing, specifically through its Amnesia Ibiza residency where in 2016 he’ll spearhead their seventeenth consecutive season at the White Isle’s #1 nightclub. In the past SW4 has seen Sven perform at his very best and 2016 will be no different, as he arrives for his exclusive London festival performance.